DOB: 4/9/91 || Stance: Regular || Home Mountain: Alpental, WA
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Coal Headwear, Zeal Optics, Yes, Now, Traeger Grills.
#7 Austen Sweetin Austen Sweetin is the product of a generation that believes that in order to be a great snowboarder, you have to be great in multiple categories of riding, and Sweetin seems to have actualized that creed, as he’s the #6 rider in this year’s top ten. Sweetin spent last winter in front of the lens of legendary lensman Justin Hostynek, filming for Absinthe’s newest flick, AfterForever, where he sessions everything from the narrow streets of British Columbia’s interior to the wide open, straight fuckin’ down chutes, spines and pillows of Alaska’s seemingly unlimited expanse in an ender part for the ages. The variety of terrain that Sweetin rode didn’t fade on one of the best big mountain and backcountry badasses boardin’ has ever seen, Mr. Lukas Huffman. Regarding his vote for Austen, Lukas exclaims, “Wow, this kid is ripping! From the streets of Nelson to very steep backcountry runs, he is in fast motion. I saw a lot of great riders this year throwing down insane tricks. What made Austen stand out was his style. Austen has a style and grace that is all his own and this genuine approach to snowboarding, partnered with serious talent, is why he gets my vote.” New Hampshire native turned Salt Lake City super shred, Pat Moore, is no stranger to producing video parts that are nothing less than well-rounded, as he’s been doing it for decades, previously on Forum Snowboards with Sweetin, and he propped his former teammate’s versatility up this year by saying, “Austen's ender in AfterForever just shows how diverse his abilities are. I love to see a mix of everything in a video part, and Austen delivered with some serious hammers in each category.” At no point in his AfterForever part did Austen pull any punches or hold back whatsoever, and that hell-for-leather, balls-to-the-wall ideology made SLC living legend Jeremy Jones quip, “That whole part was 100mph! Pinned. I’m so down!”
- T. Bird